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The Atik Valide Mosque is located on one of Istanbul’s seven hills in the district of Uskudar. It is an extensive complex built for Sultsna Nur-Banu who was wife of Selim II. Completed in 1583, this was the last major work of Mimar Sinan and consists of a group of three buildings, the mosque itself, the Tekke, and the Madrasa.

The mosque is located in the southeast of the complex. A central dome plus five semi-domes cover the central area. The prayer hall has four side bays also covered by a dome each, and is fronted by a double portico which leads on to the fountain courtyard. The courtyard is surrounded by four further domed bays that act as entrances. In the centre of the courtyard wall is the entrance that leads to steps that descend to the Madrasa courtyard.

The tekke is located in the north eastern corner of the complex with a portico at its front with thirty-five cells inside. The entrance to the tekke is via a low arch which leads to a bay, which then leads to the courtyard. The tevhidhane or ceremonial hall is topped by its own central dome which has four semi-domes on its corners.

The madrasa is adjoining the mosque courtyard and consists of a classroom with eighteen cells, and a nineteen bay portico that stretches around three sides of the courtyard. The main entrance from the street is located in the southern corner of the madrasa. The cells for the students have domed roofs and are entered through doors below the portico. A fountain, octagonal in shape, stands in the courtyard.

Atik Valide Mosque

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